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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)


Shale 2 Door / 2 Drawer Wall-Mounted Cabinet

A wall-mounted cabinet cleans up the look of a room immediately, as there are no legs to clutter up sight lines along the floor. The Shale 2 Door / 2 Drawer Wall-Mounted Cabinet from Blu Dot would be a good choice for storage in any room- bedroom, living room or dining- as you can pick your preferred height to fit the space. Adjustable shelves and wire management holes make it a good option for media storage as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Ruler Stick

Can you believe that the United States has still not fully embraced the metric system? Do your part by using rulers that have both customary and metric measurements, just like this Ruler Stick you see before you. It has inches on one side, which you know and love, and centimeters on the other. Brought to the Cooper-Hewitt Shop by KIOSK.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Cargito: Charging iPad Case

If your iPad is glued to your hands no matter where you go, chances are you need a good case to protect it, and maybe even a battery boost now and then. This is Ground (the makers of the Cord Taco and the Cordito) has launched a new iPad charging case made from 100% napa leather that incorporates an enclosed battery, a spot for your stylus or pen, and a pocket for cards.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00 - 135.00
Available from: This is Ground

Hi-Reflective Umbrella

A black umbrella in rainy weather doesn’t make much sense, as you run the risk of blending in with the background and being invisible to oncoming traffic. Now, this Hi-Reflective Umbrella would certainly ensure your visibility, as it reflects the light off of street lamps and headlights to make sure you shine.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: MoMA Store

28d Table Light

A grey crochet cable coils up to create the base of this blown glass sphere light, allowing the light to comfortably sit on any horizontal surface. While there are many color choices available, you might opt for the clear glass sphere (shown above) if you’d rather keep a quiet color scheme. There’s a 28.1 Single Pendant Light and 28s Wall Light as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $545.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Monthly Planner

If you’re a no-frills type of person, you might just like this Monthly Planner from Poketo. It features a grid with each day’s abbreviation at the top of each column, allowing you to fill in the rest as you see fit. Available in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 15.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

  • Everyone’s abuzz about Klemens Torggler’s Evolution Door, and for good reason. (Video below if you’re too lazy to follow the link.)
  • Garden DIY: Mounting a Staghorn Fern
  • RUGS by Roosmarijn Pallandt (via mocoloco)
  • App: 7 Minute Workout – Quick Fit
  • Deluxe Camera Strap, $94.00
  • Hilda Hellstr√∂m: SEDIMENTATION SERIES
  • Piet Hein Eek: Waste Beam Cabinet
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hasami Porcelain Teapot

    Not only does this Hasami Porcelain Teapot have a classically modern shape, it shares the same diameter as other pieces in the Hasami Porcelain collection, which allows for easy transport and stacking. That’s not only beneficial for your cabinet space, but it also makes for an efficient and aesthetically pleasing tablescape. Crafted from a custom blend of clay and porcelain, the surface is softer to the touch than traditional porcelain.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $55.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Heartwarmer Cushion

    In a reluctant nod to the holiday that is Valentine’s Day, I present you with the Heartwarmer Cushion. It may be placed in the microwave or freezer to warm or cool whatever region that may need it. (Considering the very cold February we’ve been having, the warmth of a heart-shaped cushion on toes and fingers would be especially nice, wouldn’t it?)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00
    Available from: Fitzsu

    The Dash: Wireless Smart Headphones

    Wow. That’s one word to wrap up my impression of these in-ear headphones. Let’s cover the basics: The Dash is a pair of completely wireless stereo earphones. You can play music through a Bluetooth connection or use the embedded 4GB/1000 song music player. They can also keep track of distance traveled, steps taken, cadence, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc. Want to talk on your phone through the headphones? Sure, they do that with an ear bone microphone. And, if you feel safer with a little ambient sound while you’re out running, you can choose to reduce the noise isolation with a quick swipe on capacitive touch surface.

    There’s a little bit of the future as imagined in the movie Her, but I’d say in this case, that’s a good thing. Learn more over at Bragi’s website or their Kickstarter page.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Black Steel Stool

    Now here’s something we all want to see more of: multifunctional furniture. The Black Steel Stool by Noon studio is an interesting seating option on its own, but pull a few together and you have a coffee table; stack several straight up, and you have a bookcase. The wooden y-frame supports a simple metal sheet, and the two materials joined together provide a visually appealing warm/cool contrast.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £395.00
    Available from: Noon studio

    One, Two vs. Adnet Mirror

    How about a little mirror rivalry? To be more specific, buckled leather mirror rivalry. Gubi’s Adnet Mirror, above, on the right, has long been admired, but unfortunately its $700-$800 price tag is a bit too high for everyone’s wallet. Now, the mirror on the left is two inches shy of the Adnet’s 18 inch diameter, but it costs considerably less. Any guesses as to the price difference?


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $159.00 - 749.00
    Availability: Buy One, Two vs. Adnet Mirror here

    CB2 Upholstery Sale

    Need some soft furnishings that won’t break the metaphorical piggy bank? CB2 has an upholstery sale (15% off) through 2/17, with several modern frames available in neutral and more colorful options.

    More information:

    View CB2 Upholstery Sale here

    Grain Pendant

    At first glance, this Grain Pendant looks like it has a simple aluminum shade. However, take a closer look and you’ll see that the shade is formed over a wooden mold that has been sandblasted, and, during the shade’s metal spinning process, the patterns of the wood grain are impressed on the shade’s underside. Read more about the Grain Pendant’s case study over at Brendan Ravenhill’s site.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $380.00
    Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

    Coveted Things Scarves

    If you’re in a love-fueled craze and don’t have a lot of money to spend, then maybe you could get the object of your desire one of these scarves from Coveted Things. Full disclosure though, the scarves may also double as baby blankets, so be sure your message is entirely clear: “It’s a SCARF for your lovely NECK…” or something along those lines. There’s nothing too fancy, they’re 100% cotton, but the script itself will carry your message across.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Coveted Things